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General Meeting Follow Ups

A full report of our recent General Meeting will be along soon, but these bits of information were requested ASAP, so here they are.

The James Hutton Institute offers a soil testing service via Hutton Soils (thanks to Bruce Plot 79 for this tip).

The slides from Fiona Swapp’s fascinating talk are available on her blog.

New Recruits

Today, we had the pleasure of welcoming Hazel, our most recent recruit to the volunteer squad, on-site for her first work session.

We had not realised Hazel came with a, “recruit one get two free” deal.

Joining Hazel for the day were her grandchildren, Maisie (aged 8) and Struan (aged 4).

What a team they are, making short work of raking up the leaves on the grass around the Octagon.

Better still, they brought their own good weather with them as the rain stopped on their arrival and the sun came out to say hello.

Hazel hopes to be with us on Saturday or Sunday most weeks as she waits for her name to get to the top of the waiting list for a plot.

 

General Meeting Reminder

Please note the room change!!!!!!

Coffee and cake on offer and maybe even a glass of something fizzy!

IYN 2018 Success

Gordon and Mike were good enough to represent GFAA at the Britain Awards Ceremony in Stirling today and pick up our, It’s Your Neighbourhood Outstanding Level Certificate.

Mike and Gordon are regular volunteers now on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and have made a huge contribution to our IYN campaign throughout the year. A big vote of thanks goes to the two of them on behalf of the GFAA Committee and all plotters.

Dobbin rides to the rescue

Well, not exactly ‘rides’ to the rescue, but no matter, read on ….

Worried about a shortage of organic matter in the coming season? Did you miss out on all of the excellent leaf mould and cow dung last year?  Are you trying the ‘no-dig’ approach, but are short of home-grown compost?  No worries, a solution is at hand.

Brian (Plot 62) has a secret source of high-octane, but well-rotted, horse manure:  guaranteed to give your tatties just the boost they need.  Apparently, the supply is near-endless and the quality unquestioned. Straight from the horses’ ????!!!!

If you are interested in having some, please contact Brian.  If you can’t see him in person, pin a dated message to his gate.  He hopes to organise a delivery before or after Christmas – depending on interest and demand.  First-come, first-served.

However, there is no such thing as a free dump in this world, and if you want to benefit, you have to volunteer to help with collection, delivery or distribution on site.  Form an orderly queue, please!

Sorry, but I am short of copyright free horse images!

Big thanks go to Brian for being willing to take this on.

 

New Dobies catalogues and discount code available

Copies of the catalogue and code are now available in the Octagon.  The new code replaces the old one which is now no longer usable. Email me if you’d like the code without having to visit the Octagon.

The scheme operates as before.  Repeated orders can be placed throughout the year. Plotters get 40% off seed orders and 10% off everything else.  Orders are delivered directly to the individual.  Orders can be placed by post using the form provided, or by telephone or online, but you must use the code at the time of ordering – retrospective claims are not allowed.  In addition, GFAA gets a 10% return on all orders placed.

Please remember, this is Dobies the seed merchant and not Dobbies the Garden Centre chain, so the discount is not available locally.  Believe me, I’ve tried – all very embarrassing!

 

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